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1st March 2012 - 9am start from our lovely homestay where Neisy and Capote were so very friendly - playing the guitar for us and making us feel at home. Then on the coach for our six hour trip back to Havana. We stopped on the way at Santa Clara to visit the Mausoleum and Museum of Che Guevara. Very humbling but a very grand place. Then onto Havana …
Although the 6 hour, 400 mile journey totally did me in I could tell as I entered the capital that it was a special city. After checking into our art-deco hotel we went into the centre of the world heritage site: Habana Vieja (Old Havana). The crumbly faded grandeur of 17th and 18th Century Spanish Colonial Buildings added to the atmophere of a …
... free enterprise, and you get Havana.
You don't sight-see in Havana, you experience Havana.
Pointless Fact #1: Key West, Florida is actually closer to Havana than it is to Miami but despite being only 90 miles away, even on a clear day Key West cannot be seen (I suspect that it probably can be seen but all Cubans are probably ordered to face south for the day so as not to catch a glimpse of their hated Imperialist enemy).
Our experience starts with the ...
... to a broken pipeline somewhere in Havana, but fortunately the owner of our casa (like everyone else in town as it seemed) had a big tank of water reserve on the roof, so that we were at least able to take a quick shower and flush the toilets. Well, now there was no running water and no power! Great! So I walked around the old town and then had some refreshing Mojitos with some fellow travelers from Spain that I had met on the Revolution square earlier that day. When I got home ...
... that point.
While we were there, I was fascinated by a lot of the artwork criticizing the revolution, but the paintings that I stared at the longest were a series of landscapes by Tomás Sanchez, a painter whose landscapes I could almost describe as a form of meditation. There was one of a forest on the opposite side of a river reflected in the river itself, and if the painting had been upside down, I wouldn't have been able to tell which side was ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Presidente Havana
Overall I was a little disappointed by the hotel. I really enjoyed the bellboy. Has very friendly and helpful. There were a few other staff members that were nice but a few were very unfriendly. The room was clean but the hotel did appear to have a bug infestation. I saw a bug that appeared to be a roach in the room. The breakfast buffet was huge. The cleani. The hotel provided me with what I needed a roof over my head, food and a hot shower. If I go back to Cuba
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